Plant Care Red Oak

Red Oak

Also known as

Northern Red Oak, Northern Red Oak, Red oak and Champion oak


Quercus rubra

How to care for Red Oak


How often to water your Red Oak

Water needs for Red Oak
0.5 cups
every 9

Red Oak needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Francisco, California.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Red Oak

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Red Oak in San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California

39% Low

Growing Red Oak in San Francisco right now

Light needs for plant Red Oak in San Francisco, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

February 7th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Francisco is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in det…

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Light needs for plant Red Oak in San Francisco, California

Sunlight will increase by 39.9% ☀️

February 6th, 2023

San Francisco is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Francisco is expected to increase by 39.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.0 megajoules of ene…

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Light needs for plant Red Oak in San Francisco, California

Daylight will increase by 1.2 hours 📈

February 7th, 2023

This month, San Francisco is getting an average of 8.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 12.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.8 total hours …

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Finding light for Northern Red Oak in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Red Oak: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Red Oak love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in San Francisco, California ⛅.

Red Oak does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Red Oak

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Red Oak: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Red Oak after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Red Oak is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Red Oak

Red Oak

Red Oak

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in San Francisco, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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